Wednesday, 9 March 2016

09/03: HOME FROM OUR INDIAN ADVENTURE

We've had a superb time in India, touring the South and staying at some amazing places.  We then took an internal flight to Mumbai in the North where we spent four hectic days doing walking tours of the city.     I kept a travel Blog which I managed to update most days (rather hurriedly as internet was sporadic/non-existent in some locations) and if you're interested you can find details at:

http://clinxxii.blogspot.co.uk/

But now back to reality.     I've been ploughing through the thousands of photos I took and have shortlisted a few 'characters' which I hope will make it to my drawing board over the next few months.

I received an email at the weekend telling me that 3 of my drawings have been juried into the UK Coloured Pencil Society's 15th Annual Int'l Exhibition which is being staged at Meniers Gallery, Southwark Street in London so I'm thrilled about that.    I've been a member of the UKCPS for 10 years now and have had pictures juried into the Annual Exhibition 9 times now ... one more year and I'll have earned my Gold Signature status so need to start thinking about a drawing pretty soon as time just flies by it seems.

These are the successful pictures.

Sadly, I received an email today saying that Alexander - my model for 'Senor Molina' passed away recently.    He was a real 'character' and well known in Corralejo (Fuerteventura) where he lived rough on the streets near a windmill in the centre of Town.   Rumour had it that he was either Russian or Latvian and a Doctor in a previous life but had taken to street life and many people looked out for him.. RIP Alexander/Senor Molina (the title means Mr Windmill)

Senor Molina



This next character sells the 'Big Issue' magazine from his pitch near Guys Hospital, St Thomas Street, Southwark.    I photographed him last May when I took a break from demonstrating at the UKCPS exhibition (Meniers Gallery) to walk to nearby Borough Market.     Spookily, I just looked at the area on Google (Streetview) and there he is sitting on the pavement wearing exactly the same clothes I photographed him in ... his face has been 'smudged out' but there's no mistaking him ...

Big Issue Seller



and the third one to get in (which surprised me as it was never a favourite of mine) is this one which I called 'red hat' .... she's a member of the 'hair braiders' family that we see constantly in the town and around the beaches of Corralejo in the Canaries where we have a holiday home.    Last year her big sister was the model for my exhibition entry so I guess its fitting that little sister has her 5 minutes of fame also.    She was playing 'dress up' in the street with friends when I took this photo


9 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

congrats on getting all that work into the show :) sad to read senior Molina passed away

Jo said...

Way to go Sue. I am delighted to hear it. Especially with these three great pictures. Sorry to hear about Senor Molina. Looks like he was a wonderful old man. Glad you enjoyed your Indian trip. I will get round to reading your blogs but we have had all kinds of problems lately.

hmuxo said...

Congratulations on three amazing paintings.. you can see you had wonderful reference pictures!!! It sounds like you had an incredible time away!! Welcome back...

Polly Birchall said...

Congratulations!!! Your work is outstanding. You should be very proud of yourself. I love the characters in the first two studies, there's so much character and untold history behind people you see on the streets. We rarely go to London but there is a man who we have seen twice in Trafalgar square that I have painted. Now the third one that isn't your favourite is gorgeous, and completely different. Gold star from me

Sue Clinker said...

Thanks Ladies. Competition gets tougher each year in the UKCPS Int'l exhibition (which is good as it keeps us on our toes) but finding interesting subjects is always a challenge for me and of course you never know what will take the fancy of the judges (there are 3 different ones each year to ensure unbiased marking)

Jan said...

Welcome home, Sue! And what great news to come home to - all of the paintings are favorites of mine even if you don't particularly care for the last one. I think it's because you had problems with it at first.

Such sad news about Senor Molina. May he rest in peace.

Sue Clinker said...

Thanks Jan. Yes, you're probably right about the 'red hat' picture as this was my second attempt - that's what comes of trying to draw something specifically to fit a mount/frame I guess ;-)

It is sad about Alexander as I don't think he was very old. But he always had a twinkle in his eye and I think he enjoyed the lifestyle he chose for himself

Studio at the Farm said...

Sue, I am glad to read you had a good trip! And congradulations on the acknowledgement for these three gorgeous works. I am sorry to read about Senor Molina; from your portrait, he looked like a kind, gentle man.
Kathryn

Meera Rao said...

congratulations on the acceptance! --all three are simply gorgeous! Waiting to see your pics from your trip :)